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Old August 6th, 2016, 06:45 AM   #5981
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Himalayan rail route endorsed
5 August 2016
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China has the technology and experience to build line from Tibet to South Asia, experts say

A Himalayan train ride at more than 100 kilometers per hour at the foot of the world's highest snow-capped mountains and oldest glaciers is no longer just a dream, Chinese railway experts say.

With more than 19,000 km of high-speed - up to 350 km per hour - railways, China has accumulated the technology and experience to build a rail link between the Tibet antonymous region and the South Asian subcontinent, they say.

The Himalayan railway would start from Xigaze, a city in Tibet, run to Gyirong, a land port on the Chinese border, and extend into Nepal, although it would not be a high-speed railway, the researchers said on Thursday at a forum in Beijing run by the China Tibetology Research Center, a Tibetan studies organization.

In 2006, China built a railway running for more than 1,100 km to connect the highland region of Tibet with the rest of the country. In 2014, it built a 250-km rail link between Lhasa, the Tibet regional capital, and Xigaze, the region's second-largest city.

Trains run at 100 km per hour throughout the Tibetan rail system, which according to China's railway plan for 2016 to 2020, will stretch from Xigaze to Gyirong.

Nepal hopes that China can connect this port with Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital, as part of the China-Nepal international railway.

China hopes the rail link will boost economic, cultural and religious communication with Nepal as part of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping.

"The construction of a railway crossing the Himalayan mountains is now economically and technologically feasible," said Zong Gang, deputy director of the Science and Technology Department at Beijing University of Technology.

The altitude at Gyirong port is 2,800 meters above sea level, while the Gyirong mountain pass to Nepal lies at about 1,800 meters, making the railway geographically feasible.

In contrast, Lhasa is about 3,700 meters above sea level and the altitude at Xigaze is about 3,800 meters.

Losang Jamcan, chairman of the Tibet autonomous region government, said on July 1 that building rail links is the most powerful way to help Tibet open up to South Asian countries.

After a meeting between Premier Li Keqiang and Nepalese Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli in March, the two countries said their governments will further discuss construction of a cross-border railway and also support companies conducting preliminary research.

At least two Chinese companies have shown an interest in developing rail networks connecting China with Nepal, the Kathmandu Post reported on July 2.

China CAMC Engineering Co has proposed building a 121-km railway linking Kathmandu and Rasuwagadhi, a land port in Nepal facing Gyirong.

China Railway Construction Corp has applied to the Railway Department in Nepal for a Kathmandu-Rasuwagadhi railway feasibility study.

Ma Jiali, a researcher at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said a trans-Himalayan railway would be of great economic value as it could later connect China, the largest economy in Asia, with India, the continent's third-largest economy.

He said that landlocked Nepal is willing to have a more convenient link to China because it believes that China's development will offer great opportunities for Nepal.

Zhou Yuhui, a professor at Beijing Jiaotong University who has just returned from a field visit to the China-Nepal border, said, "There are rich tourism resources, including virgin forest, canyons and historical relics in Gyirong, which has hardly been developed.
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Old September 6th, 2016, 10:25 PM   #5982
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Soviet-style Hard Seat car for train Shanghai - Huang Shan:

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Old September 6th, 2016, 10:26 PM   #5983
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Soft Sleeper cabin (train Nanjing - Beijing):

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Old September 6th, 2016, 10:28 PM   #5984
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A photo and video report of the Chinese overnight express train K53 Beijing - Shenyang North Railway Station (Liaoning Province):

The train is branded as "Mobile Hotel" between Beijing and Shenyang.
The Shenyang Railway Bureau runs this train. This consists of one RW19K luxury soft sleeper car.
The train leaves Beijing at 22:24 and arrives around 9 hours later in Shenyang at around 07:25 (or a bit earlier).
The distance is 727 km. Train travels nonstop on the The Beijing–Harbin Jingha Railway via Beidaihe, Qinhuangdao and Shanhaiguan.
On my journey it definitely did not pass through Tianjin.

Here is the video of the ride with train K53:





Beijing Railway Station - departure board with our train K53 to Shenyang listed:





Beijing Railway Station - platforms:







Special train signpost for the K53/K54 overnight service:





Branding of Train K53/K54: Mobile Hotel





Aisle of the Luxury Soft Sleeper car (RW19K):





Our cabin:





Inside the Luxury Soft Sleeper cabin:





A big mirror in the door:





A mini couch:





A safety deposit box:





Door to the bathroom (toilet and basin only; no shower)







Earphone kit:





PTV with a number of viewing options:





PTV with some German classical music stuff (Festspielhaus Baden-Baden):





Train service guide:







Public wash basin in a soft sleeper car (RW25G):





Public toilet (Western style):





Conductor appartment:





Aisle seat:





Open passageway to other car:





The next morning:









Perspective from the upper berth:







Approaching Shenyang North Railway Station:







Shenyang North Railway Station:





19K denotes a Luxury Soft Sleeper car:





Shenyang North Railway Station - platforms:







Another daytime express train from Shenyang to Dalian:





SS9-0069 electric locomotive pulled us between Beijing and Shenyang:





The SS9-0034, the HXD3C-0269 and the SS9-0069 in one photo:





Here is again the video of this journey:





Enjoy!
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Old September 6th, 2016, 10:59 PM   #5985
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To remind: China has 2 railway companies (Guangzhou and Qinghai-Tibet) and 16 bureaux. How are cross-border trains handled?
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Old September 11th, 2016, 04:27 PM   #5986
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Chinese rail company eyes ASEAN market



Singapore and Malaysia are moving closer to building a high-speed rail link between their countries and China is among those preparing to bid for the lucrative contract. However, Chinese firms are already establishing a firm foothold in Malaysia’s rail industry. China’s CRRC Zhuzhou, purported to be the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world, is now running an assembly plant in Malaysia. It plans to also target the ASEAN market from here, while also hoping for a role in the high-speed rail project. CCTV’s Rian Maelzer reports from Perak, Malaysia.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 03:00 PM   #5987
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China replaces tracks of highland Qinghai-Tibet railway with seamless tracks





China completed Monday morning replacing the tracks of the Qinghai-Tibet railway with seamless tracks.

The project was aimed to reduce the impact of train on the joints and extend service life of the tracks and trains.

Workers have to overcome many difficulties in fulfilling the most difficult part of the project such as lack of oxygen and low temperature at night.

Meanwhile, technicians also designed and developed a plateau air-pressure rail-welding machine, which uses oxygen and acetylene as fuel to heat the steels, exerts forces to the steels and weld the rail sections.

The 1,956-kilometer-long railway, which began service in July 2006, is the world's highest and longest plateau railway and also the first railway connecting the Tibet Autonomous Region with other parts of China.

It runs from Xining, capital of the northwestern Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 03:17 PM   #5988
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Qinghai-Tibet railway track replacement completed after 7 years

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China completed Monday morning replacing the tracks of the Qinghai-Tibet railway with seamless tracks.

The project was aimed to reduce the impact of train on the joints and extend service life of the tracks and trains.

Workers have to overcome many difficulties in fulfilling the most difficult part of the project such as lack of oxygen and low temperature at night.

Meanwhile, technicians also designed and developed a plateau air-pressure rail-welding machine, which uses oxygen and acetylene as fuel to heat the steels, exerts forces to the steels and weld the rail sections.

The 1,956-kilometer-long railway, which began service in July 2006, is the world's highest and longest plateau railway and also the first railway connecting the Tibet Autonomous Region with other parts of China.

It runs from Xining, capital of the northwestern Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 06:14 PM   #5989
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I have never seen a double decker passenger train in china before...as shown in that photo earlier
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Old September 19th, 2016, 06:59 PM   #5990
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Promo of CRRC Corporation after Merger at 2016 Berlin InnoTrans

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Old September 20th, 2016, 06:31 PM   #5991
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More Promos about CRRC and its "Intelligent Train" Concept shown at Berlin InnoTrans2016







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Old October 1st, 2016, 04:46 PM   #5992
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China's railway to carry 110 mln holidaymakers

The peak travel period for the National Day holiday began on Friday night. The Ministry of Transport expects 650 million people will hit the nation's roads, with the average daily figure hovering over 90 million. National railway officials expect to see 110 million passengers, up 11 percent from a year earlier.

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Old October 2nd, 2016, 09:25 PM   #5993
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Records keeping breaking everyyear
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Old October 2nd, 2016, 11:37 PM   #5994
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Which records?
How does the number of passengers for National Day compare to number of passengers for New Year?
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 07:53 PM   #5995
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I don't consider that to be good, as it place too much stress on the nation capacity during a few short periods, while the usage during non-peak period are significantly less. It would be best if work culture in China could change a bit and people would actually use their flexible vacation time to do those visits.

For example, my aunt and uncle who are nearing their retirement (thus don't give a damn about work anymore) took their vacation to Tibet, Xinjiang even aboard to Nepal and North India back in September and it was are refreshing experience for them not having to fight the crowds anymore.
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Old October 27th, 2016, 04:22 AM   #5996
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Station to close after 106 years
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Station to close after 106 years

Students from Macao, who are studying in Beijing, take photos at Qinghuayuan Railway Station as their train makes a stop at the station on Tuesday.Zou Hong / China Daily

Construction of a new high-speed railway is expected to be completed in 2019

Trains will stop at a 106-year-old station in Beijing for the final time on Monday next week before the tracks are torn up to make way for a high-speed rail link.

The buildings at Qinghuayuan Railway Station will remain as a memorial, but the lines will be removed to allow the construction of a tunnel for the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

Originally built in 1910, the station was the first stop out of Xizhimen (now Beijing North Railway Station) on the old Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway, the first line to be designed and constructed entirely by Chinese engineers.

The station was rebuilt in the 1950s due to a slight change in the rail route. The original buildings now lie deep within a residential community and are listed as cultural relics.

At its peak, between the 1960s and 1980s, Qinghuayuan handled about 60 freight and passenger trains daily.
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Where will the trains on slow speed Zhangjiakou-Beijing railway go?
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Old October 27th, 2016, 08:21 PM   #5998
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Where will the trains on slow speed Zhangjiakou-Beijing railway go?

Slow speed trains on a fast track will likely cost just as much as high speed trains. There will likely be express/non-express high speed trains on the line.
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Old October 29th, 2016, 07:30 PM   #5999
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Site of ultimate high bridge: 701m high Nujiang railway bridge at proposed Sichuan-Tibet railway

Site of ultimate high bridge: 701m high Nujiang railway bridge at proposed Sichuan-Tibet railway



From 02:20-06:00 is G318 Nujiang arch bridge.

A new railway suspension bridge planning to build nearby around 2018. With 1064m span and 701m high from deck to water, Nujiang railway bridge of Chuanzang railway(Sichuan to Tibet) will become ultimate high bridge in the world, also the highest railway bridge, more than twice higher than Chenab railway bridge which under construction in India. This super bridge located in Basu county,Tibet,not far from this old G318 Nujiang bridge.

Nujiang railway bridge deck elevation about 3400m elevation, Nujiang water level about 2700m elevation,old Nujiang highway arch deck about 2730m elevation.

More (in Chinese):
http://news.ifeng.com/a/20161016/50108733_0.shtml
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I have never seen a double decker passenger train in china before...as shown in that photo earlier
The Urumqi-Kashgar line runs double-deck passenger trains. I travelled hard sleeper on that line and both top and bottom decks had two levels of bunks (so 4 bunks per group) rather than three levels of bunks (6 bunks per group) on a normal single-deck hard sleeper. It's quite a spacious train.
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